Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Tabernacle Plan

Most Apostolics know that the Tabernacle which God instructed Moses to build in the wilderness was a beautiful figure of greater things to come. It represented "patterns of things in the heavens" that would reveal "a better covenant, which was established upon better promises" (Heb. 9:23; Heb 8:6).

Please see the link at the end of this post for a Bible study I created on the Tabernacle plan. This post is an abstract of the study.

The structure, the furniture, the instruments, the rituals, and the participants were all shadows of Jesus Christ, His redemptive work, and His glorious Church. The Tabernacle was God's temporary plan to teach mankind about atonement, redemption, and salvation - all of which Christ permanently fulfilled.

Jesus Christ is the sacrifice, the High Priest who offered the sacrifice, and the God to whom the sacrifice is offered. His ministry, death, burial, and resurrection fulfills the purpose of the altar, the laver, the shewbread, the incense, the lamp, the veil, and the ark itself.

Furthermore, the church appropriates the work of Christ through repentance (i.e. death at the alter), baptism in Jesus' name (i.e. washing at the laver), holiness (i.e. the ministry of the priesthood in the Holy Place), and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit (i.e. the fire from heaven to receive the blood from the mercy seat of the ark).

Indeed, the New Testament tells us that through repentance we take part in Christ's death, through baptism in Jesus' name we take part in His burial, and through receiving the gift of the Spirit we take part in His resurrection (I Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 2:4, 37-39; Romans 6:3-4). This was, and is, the consistent message and experience of the New Testament Church. (Acts 2:38; 4:12; 8:12-17; 10:43-48; 19:1-6).

Not too long ago I compiled a somewhat extensive Bible study regarding the Tabernacle plan and it's fulfillment in the work of Christ and the life of the believer.

Click here to download the Bible Study (zip file containing a PowerPoint and Word document).

1 comment:

Praxeas1972 said...

Bro. VanOoteghem, I was trying to find this today for a fellow minister and wanted to let you know that I enjoy this lesson. It's great...as are you.

I bless you in Jesus' name.